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  • Reckless

  • By: Lex Martin
  • Narrated by: Savannah Peachwood, Stephen Dexter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,360

I'm a lot of things - a screwup, a basket case, a flunky. But when I take a nanny job to be near my pregnant sister, I swear to myself I'll walk the straight and narrow, which means I cannot fall for my insanely hot boss. I don't want to be tempted by that rugged rancher. By his chiseled muscles or southern charm or the way he snuggles his kids at bedtime. Ethan Carter won't get the key to my heart, no matter how much I want him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must listen for romance lovers.

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-20-18

Good story but coarse language and too graphic sex

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-18

I am by no means a prude. However, what could have been a good romance novel with interesting characters and a good plot was marred for me by too much unnecessary coarse language and overly descriptive sexual descriptions. I’d call it a modern day bodice ripper. If that floats your boat, you may enjoy it.

  • Unsheltered

  • A Novel
  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Brilliantly executed and compulsively listenable, Unsheltered is the story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum, as they navigate the challenges of surviving a world in the throes of major cultural shifts. In this mesmerizing story told in alternating chapters, Willa and Thatcher come to realize that though the future is uncertain, even unnerving, shelter can be found in the bonds of kindred - whether family or friends - and in the strength of the human spirit. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific

  • By RC on 10-18-18

Timely and on message

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-18

It is difficult to know where to start in praise of this novel. Perhaps I am biased as I live in the Pine Barrens not too far from Vineland. The story is really two. The inception of the city by Charles Landis in the post civil war era and some of the people who settled there; their lives and the indigenous nature of the Pine Barrens. The second story is present day Vineland, a mostly low income group of multi-cultured characters and their struggle to live in the city that has slowly disintegrated. As in many of Kingsolver’s books we learn via her characters lessons of living green, geopolitics, and interpersonal relationships. Her descriptive science knowledge is peppered with bittersweet humor with us all simply trying to live on this planet riddled with insurmountable problems.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Matchmaker

  • A Novel
  • By: Elin Hilderbrand
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 496

48-year-old Nantucketer Dabney Kimball Beech has always had a gift for matchmaking. Some call her ability mystical, while others - like her husband, celebrated economist John Boxmiller Beech, and her daughter, Agnes, who is clearly engaged to the wrong man - call it meddlesome, but there's no arguing with her results: With 42 happy couples to her credit and all of them still together, Dabney has never been wrong about romance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Entertaining

  • By CLT on 09-01-15

Sooooooo depressing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-15-18

Abandonment, alcoholism, heartbreak, mutilation, abusive unpleasant characters, agoraphobia, cancer, death.
If all that is enjoyable for you to meet characters possessing, then you’ll like this book. I did not. The narration was decent is probably the only positive thing I could say about this awful book. I’ve listened to other Hildebrand novels, but this one just bombed.

  • One Plus One

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,024
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,305

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read.

  • By Kathy on 07-05-14

Started out slow, but once plot moved along, really good!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-13-18

Bullies, thieves, struggling single mom with kids, rich software geek developer, disparity in education for low income gifted children,one big dog...this book had it all! Excellent narration from several voice made it realistic. It was a roller coaster of happy and sad,marital betrayal and love found. I loved the main characters, misfits who find themselves. I almost put it down, but am very glad and sad to finish a simply lovely novel.

  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,993
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,946

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Felt like I was there...

  • By Linda Ottey on 08-19-18

Beautiful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-18

This was a sad, but wonderful book. It was very well written with vivid descriptions of the wetlands. It is a story of one woman’s survival from being abandoned and indigent to becoming a self taught biologist/artist . Her oneness with her surroundings was remarkable. The ending was somewhat surprising, but plausible given the book’s characters. The ending was bittersweet and I really hated to be finished, yet could not stop listening to the excellent narration and plot. The book is a kindred spirit to those of Barbara Kingslover. It was a real gem.

  • The Key

  • By: Kathryn Hughes
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265

1956. It's Ellen Crosby's first day as a student nurse at Ambergate Hospital. When she meets a young woman admitted by her father, little does Ellen know that a choice she will make is to change both their lives for ever...2006. Sarah is drawn to the now abandoned Ambergate. Whilst exploring the old corridors she discovers a suitcase belonging to a female patient who entered Ambergate fifty years earlier. The shocking contents, untouched for half a century, will lead Sarah to unravel a forgotten story of tragedy and lost love, and the chance to make an old wrong right.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Different

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-09-18

Tragic but very real!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-30-18

A very sad story about a “lunatic” asylum in England. Men and women committed to suffer lifetimes for not being normal. Sadly, our understanding of trauma and mental illness has hardly improved. Instead of being locked up, many ill people are homeless. Maybe some of the treatments, if one is lucky enough to even find a conscientious therapist, are less cruel. Psychiatrists today are quick to hand out drugs with many side effects and don’t even try to find the cause or correct medicines. And the stigma of being abnormal persists. It was a painful, but insightful novel.

  • An Orphan’s War

  • By: Molly Green
  • Narrated by: Julie Masey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Liverpool, 1940. When her childhood sweetheart, Johnny, is killed in action, Maxine Grey loses more than her husband - she loses her best friend. Desperate to make a difference in this awful war, Maxine takes a nursing job at London’s St Thomas’ hospital. She takes comfort in the attentions of a handsome surgeon, but Edwin Blake isn’t all he seems. And as the Blitz descends on the capital, Maxine faces more heartache. When she returns to Liverpool, she harbours a secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • easy listening

  • By MerrilyW on 10-05-18

Good story, ending left me wanting

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-18

The ending felt incomplete. It should have been extended until the war’s end so the listener could have known if Maxine did get married and what happened to Peter. Otherwise it was a good listen with tragedy and horror of WWII in England.

  • Mr. & Mrs. American Pie

  • By: Juliet McDaniel
  • Narrated by: Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

The year is 1969. Dick Nixon was just sworn in as the 37th president of the United States. And notable Palm Springs socialite Maxine Simmons just found out that her husband is leaving her for his 22-year-old secretary. After a public meltdown at Thanksgiving, Maxine finds herself not only divorced but exiled to Scottsdale, Arizona. However, these desert boondocks will not be her end - only her Elba. The former beauty queen sets her eyes on a new crown: that of the Mrs. American Pie pageant, awarded to the nation’s best wife and mother.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a hoot!

  • By Haveenoughstuff on 09-22-18

What a hoot!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-22-18

I wasn’t sure I’d like this book. But it was so funny and unusual with great oddball characters and goo narration, I was hooked! Idon’t even know what category I’d put it in, probably heartwarming humor!

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Chasing Rainbows

  • By: Kathleen Long
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

Things aren’t looking so good for Bernadette Murphy. With the breakup of her marriage, the sudden death of her father, and the announcement of her best friend’s pregnancy, Bernadette finds herself careening toward rock bottom. So why stop short? She quits her job, gets herself banned - for life - from the mall, and goes on a late-night infomercial spending spree. To top it all off, her dog gets kicked out of obedience school - again. Just when she thinks there’s nothing left for the universe to throw at her, she discovers the one thing she needs the most: a reminder of her father’s love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great, but ok...

  • By Meagan Whimsical on 09-06-15

Good story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-18

I liked the story albeit contrived. I didn’t like the cryptography at the start of each chapter. They were so long, I found myself skipping them. Their deciphered quotes were good and I wished somehow the chapters could have had the cryptos shorter. They were an integral part ofBernie’s gift from her Dad. We never did find out what #36’s occupation was and his character could have been developed more. Too bad there isn’t a sequel to find out more about him and where their relationship would go.

  • Leaving Time

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,048
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,041

Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars

  • By Jan on 10-18-14

Jaw dropping

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-18

This was unlike any other book I have listened to. The story was captivating. The narration was incredible. The characters and insight into our sadly disappearing elephant society were incredible. But the ending just was mind Blowing! Anything is possible if you open your mind.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful